Lue: Cavs' Irving feeling 'good' after Game 4 ankle injury

Celtics Lose to Cavaliers 135-102 and Are Eliminated From Playoffs

LeBron James and the defending champion Cavaliers are headed back to the NBA Finals. "We needed the 17 rebounds from Kev, and it was huge for our team". No one expected the series to go this long, but it didn't take away from some great reactions on social media for the blowout. The King finished with 35 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists in putting an exclamation point on the Cavaliers' run through the Eastern Conference. They just stayed resilient all year, got to the playoffs, and we really stepped our game up, ' Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

When James takes the court June 1 in Oakland, Calif., he will be appearing in his seventh straight Finals while seeking his fourth title.

The 32-year-old, who is seeking a fourth National Basketball Association title, took 212 post-season games to surpass Jordan, a six-time champion who played 179 playoff games. "You saw that in Game 3 against Boston".

"I can't believe it's over", said Smart. Jordan appeared in 179 postseason games; James played his 212th.

"I said to to myself, 'we can't tie this series, we just can't do that '". It has nothing to do with passing the rings, passing the points, passing MVPs.

Thomas gave his doctors clear instructions on what he expects over the offseason: "Whatever they have to do to continue to play at - not just a normal level - at an MVP level, that's what I've been on the doctors about". Last year, Cleveland became the first team in NBA Finals history to come back after trailing the series 3-1.




This is the first time the same two teams have faced off in three consecutive NBA Finals, and it's the matchup that most NBA fans - and Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob - wanted. Avery Bradley did as well as he could on Irving, but Game 5 is going to be about the Celtics rotation on the backend of the defense to help alleviate the pressure of the one-on-one defense.

"We're not in a rush", said Ainge, who added that so far Thomas' meetings have been with team physician Brian McKeon and his medical group. Join the Chowder and Champions team! LeBron James and company were unbeaten through 10 games before losing to the Celtics on a last-second 3-pointer in Sunday's Game 3.

"I'm just happy and blessed that when I made a decision to come back that I was able to help him blossom, I guess, because he gets to play in games that he's always been built for".

"I've been very blessed the last few years to be a part of this league and play on the big stage", said Cleveland star LeBron James, who has now reached the Finals for the eighth time — including each of the last seven years.

"We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night". The 43 points Cleveland scored in the first quarter set a team postseason record for a quarter. Two baskets by James ballooned the lead to 25 with 6:39 left in the third quarter. James scored 15 and Irving 13 in the quarter, with James hitting three bombs in the final 2:41. Things were starting to feel oddly familiar to how Game 3 ended but there was one constant that changed the entire flow. Game 5, which once seemed like it wouldn't be necessary, is now certain to happen at TD Garden Thursday night.

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